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Today's News

  • Judge, council candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With the municipal election set for Tuesday, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all city candidates. What follows are their responses.

    MUNICIPAL JUDGE
    CANDIDATES

    ERIC M. CUMMINGS
    Age: 42
    Address, contact information: 720 Lori Lane; 454-3883
    How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
    Mostly all my Life

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 28, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • The AAUW Annual Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1. The sale will be held at the Sala de Madrid, on the Highlands campus, Eighth and University. There will be a large selection of all kinds of books — paperbacks, best sellers, inspirational works, art books, children’s books, classics, collectibles — along with CDs and DVDs, all at bargain prices. Funds raised support NMHU scholarships.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 28, 2014

    THUMBS UP! FINALLY, A DECISION
    We can’t say we’re surprised that the Las Vegas City Schools District and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez are parting ways. The writing has been on the wall for months, and, frankly, we’re glad that the board is pursuing new leadership for the district. We’ve heard some grumbling in the community about the board deciding to place McNellis-Martinez on paid leave until her contract expires at the end of this school year. In our view, it’s money well spent if it makes the transition easier for the district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 28, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - The quest for HU’s first Hispanic president

    There was no more telling harbinger of the change yet to come at Highlands University, than Ralph Carlisle Smith’s first decision as interim president, that he and his wife Harriett (Petey) would not move into the president’s residence, but would continue living in their private home.

    To close friends, Smitty confided soon after his appointment in August 1970, that his tenure was likely very temporary, as he believed the recent events at Highlands had engendered an unstoppable momentum for the appointment of a “Spanish-American” president.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on agencies issuing mining permits (Feb. 25):
    No matter how many peer-reviewed studies link living near surface mining to higher rates of disease, death and birth defects, it’s of no consequence to the agencies issuing the permits.
    That astounding gap in a process that’s supposed to protect the public came to light during arguments this month before a federal appeals court.

  • Students return home with honors
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 28, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Saturday
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes vs. winner of district, Mora
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board, Administration Building

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU
    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

    Monday — Pepper steak, rice, buttered carrots, pineapple celery salad, and apple cobbler
    Tuesday — Baked chicken, wild rice, creamy coleslaw, mixed vegetables, whole wheat bread, and chocolate pudding

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The role of the Rancheros Visitadores

    Those horrible winds continue to howl a I write this in mid February. I just discovered a news item in an old Albuquerque Journal. Los Alamos was the snowiest spot in the state in January 2001. We recorded 50 inches of snow, with a moisture content of 2.13 here at our Gascon station. Oh, for those good old days!

  • Students of the Month - Feb. 28, 2014